Hunky Dorey. Getting pissed.


IMG_1108Tash Balcony

The daughter’s balcony.

A few months ago our daughter decided to move closer to Sydney. Most daughters need help when moving. The help she needed were both materially and physically. You know how it is! Estate agents are so far removed from presenting reality in their ‘for sale’ advertisements, that I ended up replacing ‘large’ with ‘small’ and expansive  water views  with ‘a garden-hose’ or a ‘sprinkler’ going around aimlessly.

After narrowing down to an apartment with no water or city views to just rooftops and suburban gardens, Helvi with daughter and I made a move on an apartment that had a large balcony with a sunny northern aspect. It had a reasonable size lounge & kitchen, and three bedrooms, all with build-ins.  The building which holds fifty two apartments was still being finished. On arrival we were watching the gardens being put in. We also noticed kitchen cupboards being carried.  A hive of activity, one could say. The main building work seemed finished. I did not see any cranes or bull-dozers groaning around. The Estate Agent told us, ‘by the time your daughter needs to put up the lolly (settle) and pay for the apartment, all building work will then all be Hunky Dorey and finished’.

Hunkey Dorey

As sung by Christy’s Minstrels.
Air – “Limerick Races”

One of the boys am I,
That always am in clover;
With spirits light and high,
‘Tis well I’m known all over.
I am always to be found,
A singing in my glory;
With your smiling faces round,
‘Tis then I’m hunkey dorey.


It came to pass that after the daughter managed to buy the new apartment after selling the old one, we were called upon once again to assist in the house-moving. It turned out that the ‘2  honest guys with a truck’ at $100 per hour, were British backpackers trying to make a quick buck. Totally inexperienced, they just hired a truck and honed in on the house-moving industry.  The police were called  after one of the backpackers threatened to drive off with all our daughters belongings if she did not pay up.  This is when we were called upon. We paid them half what they charged but only after they emptied the truck of all of our daughter’s belongings. The police were on our daughter’s side which helped. I can’t imagine another road rage attack on video and on the front paper featuring me laying into  British Backpackers.

Soon after I  caught the raging cold from the female haircutter with the previous mentioned copious snot trails across her apron. They say colds are opportunistic and attack those that are weak. When the cold subsided I joined bowling, but now feel that a good ‘piss-up’ is in order. It’s been too much and so full-on.

Both of us just now went to the ‘Imperial’ and ordered two Napoli pizzas and a bottle of Deakin Estate Shiraz. ‘Just leave us the cork if we don’t finish the whole bottle,’ I asked the smiling waitress. She agreed, but we finished the whole bottle, and more.

It’s been a busy and trying time. Did we do the right thing?

Can retirees get pissed too sometimes?





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34 Responses to “Hunky Dorey. Getting pissed.”

  1. berlioz1935 Says:

    At your age, you are allowed almost anything. I haven’t been “pissed” for donkeys but like a nipple almost daily. It is the taste and not the alcohol I’m after.

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  2. jennypellett Says:

    Of course you’re allowed! Sounds like it was just what was needed. Am ashamed that the van drivers were British. Hope your daughter enjoys her new apartment.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Hoping I wasn’t slighting ‘British’. it could just as easily have been Dutch back-packers, Jenny.
      My daughter is very happy. It is such a cheerful apartment. Her kids are very happy, more or les the same distance from their respective schools.

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      • jennypellett Says:

        Good heavens, no, I didn’t take it that way! Just shows that our dregs make it to the other side of the globe. Good for us, maybe, to have lost a couple – albeit for just a while😉


  3. Robert Parker Teel Says:

    You did right! “Scientific Studies Show, get Shikkered on Shiraz!” full of antioxidants

    Liked by 1 person

  4. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Life offers us more opportunities to be of help–over and over. I Glad all ended well and proper. Change your barber Gerard when you get well.

    Liked by 2 people

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I will try and get the Filipino barber again, Kayti. He works for the same barber franchise. He does funny little dance steps while he cuts hair. He prances backwards and forwards while studying the head of hair like he is going to build an opera house, and then snips away at a furious pace.
      He made me nervous. The choice is him or back to the girl with the flu. I could go to a totally different one, but…?


  5. elizabeth2560 Says:

    Ah, yes! the ‘help in moving the child’ syndrome. I know it well.
    (It DOES feel great to be needed though)

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  6. Forestwoodfolk Says:

    Oh dear! What a drama, Gerard. So much for 2 honest guys. I have read about these fraudsters but not read yet about someone experiencing it for real. We as parents are always here to help with the movingout – or rather: moving back and forth, back and forth in my son’s case! Skaal! ( Danish cheers)

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  7. petspeopleandlife Says:

    You had every right to be pissed. Such a mess with guys that tried to rip off your daughter.

    Of course we “old folks” have a right to be pissed. I’m pissed off about half the time.

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  8. shoreacres Says:

    Me? I love bumping up against hunkey-dory. That was a big expression in our family back in the day, and when all is going well, and someone asks me how things are, I’m quite likely to say they’re hunkey-dory.

    Moving is such a pain, even when all goes as it should. But believe me — if you think there are complications to helping a child move, you should help a parent move. Especially when the parent doesn’t want to move, and is intent on making things as difficult as possible, it can reach comic-opera level quickly.

    Your daughter’s certainly does have a nice balcony. Which direction does it face? I always prefer east, but I have west, and right now, during the height of our summer, it’s not the place to be. but October is coming.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Linda. Things could easily reverse whereby our daughter at some stage into the future might help to move us. I wonder how difficult we might turn out to be.

      The ‘even-tide’ or ‘setting sun’ retirement villages are witness to many who spent their final years into blissful forgetfulness. Memory fading with aphasia slowly coming to the fore.

      Our daughter’s balcony faces north, which of course is the sunny side on this hemisphere. It might be a bit hot in summer, but a green curtain of potted plants will give shade.

      Today is first of August and already the days are getting longer and soon our garden will be ablaze with colour.

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  9. Curt Mekemson Says:

    We can all use a bit of irritation on occasion, Girard. I save most of mine for electronic gadgets. Peggy is known to leave the room on occasion. Moving is one of the biggest irritants of all, however, even when it goes perfectly! –Curt

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  10. gerard oosterman Says:

    This throws some light on ‘moving house.’


  11. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Oh, yes, of course, you are allowed! 🙂 And, yes, you did the right thing!

    Moving is hard work and stressful, even when it goes well.

    Glad it is all settled down now…and I hope your daughter enjoys her new home and makes many happy memories there! The balcony is so beautiful and looks like it will be a stress-reliever…to sit out there and breath, have a meal with friends or family. 🙂

    I’ve heard and used “hunkey dorey”, but never knew how it originated.

    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  12. auntyuta Says:

    I just read an article in the SMH. It says Alcohol is associated with 5000 deaths and more than 150,000 hospitalisations in Australia each year. They say Ice does not cause as many deaths.
    To me there is a great difference. It is of course sad that some people cannot handle alcohol and end up needing treatment. But I think of those people who consume alcohol regularly only a small percentage end up with problems. On the other hand of those people who use Ice regularly, what percentage of those people have no health problems caused by ice? Does not everyone who uses ice end up with very severe health problems?

    The following is some of what it says in that article of the SMH:

    “Doctors have criticised state and federal governments over their new drug policy blueprint, accusing them of putting too much emphasis on methamphetamine and not enough on a much more damaging and deadly substance: alcohol.

    The Australian Medical Association says the recently released National Drug Strategy – which sets out the official approach to preventing and minimising drug harm over the next 10 years – focuses too much on the so-called “ice epidemic”.


  13. gerard oosterman Says:

    I think too that excessive alcohol abuse is a far greater problem than ice but only in as much that many more people drink alcohol than people using ice.
    Australia is depressingly high in ice use. But alcohol is even higher.

    And yesterday, statistics came out that sexual abuse, both at university and amongst general population is also one of the highest in the world.

    Perhaps the answer lies in educating young people at a much earlier age in social responsibility. All that aim in being ‘winners’ might not all that it is cracked up to be.

    It makes for bullying.
    Look how our government is now bullying refugees. It is terrifying. How many of those ministers responsible for their continuing torture went through the private school system?

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